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Amin’s WWE Elimination Chamber Review

WWE Elimination ChamberAMIN’S WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER REVIEW  
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2020
WELLS FARGO CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

DANIEL BRYAN vs. DREW GULAK 

The match began with some mat wrestling. Bryan and Gulak exchanged kicks from a leg lock spot. Gulak applied a Surfboard but Bryan broke free. Gulak delivered a spinning neckbreaker for a near fall. Bryan blocked a suplex as he and Gulak tumbled to the floor. Gulak delivered a Backdrop Driver for a two count. Bryan delivered a Dragon Suplex for a two count. Gulak responded by delivering a bridging German Suplex but Bryan kicked out. There was a scary spot as Gulak delivered an overhead German Suplex launching Bryan onto the back of his head. Gulak delivered a Super Reverse Suplex, went for the GuLock but Bryan broke free. Bryan delivered elbow strikes and then applied the YES Lock as Gulak passed out.

WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN (***3/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a complete different pro wrestling match that you don’t see on Raw, SmackDown or WWE PPVs. Not a fan of seeing Bryan get dropped on the back of his head. But, I trust Bryan’s wrestling knowledge as he’s a pro and know what’s he’s doing. Overall, this was a great technical wrestling match which had some great sequences as both Bryan and Gulak looked very impressive.)

Kayla Braxton interviewed Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode backstage. Roode noted their win will be Glorious. Ziggler shouted out to Mandy Rose

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: ANDRADE (w/Zelina Vega) vs. HUMBERTO CARRILLO

The bell rang as Andrade nailed Humberto with the Judas Effect for a two count. Carrillo made a comeback as he delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then nailed Andrade with a Springboard Enzuigiri. Carrillo delivered a Super Hurricanrana but Andrade kicked out. Andrade avoided a Moonsault and hip tossed Carrillo into the turnbuckle. Andrade followed by nailing Carrillo with a running double knees for a two count. Vega exposed the mat. Carrillo blocked a Hammerlock DDT as he backdropped Andrade on the floor. Carrillo followed by connecting with a Tope Con Hilo to the floor. They exchanged pinfalls for near falls. Andrade applied a reverse rollup, grabbed a handful of Carrillo tights and pinned him 1,2,3.

WINNER: ANDRADE RETAINED THE WWE UNITED STATES TITLE (***)

(Amin’s Analysis: I’ve seen better from Andrade and Humberto but still was still a nice match which had some creative spots. They protected Humberto with the finish but how many championship matches has he now lost? Why should fans care or get excited when he finally wins the title?)

Charly Caruso interviewed AJ Styles backstage. Styles did some lame comedy while speaking about Black. The interview then abruptly ended

ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES: THE MIZ & JOHN MORRISON vs. THE NEW DAY (BIG E & KOFI KINGSTON) vs. THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY USO) vs. HEAVY MACHINERY (OTIS & TUCKER) vs. LUCHA HOUSE PARTY (GRAN METALLIC & LINCE DORADO) vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER & ROBERT ROODE 

New Day and Usos began the match with a strike exchange. Jimmy delivered a flying crossbody to Big E for a near fall. Lucha House Party entered next as they delivered a Triple Moonsault to Jimmy but Jey broke the count. Dorado leaped off the Chamber pod and delivered a flying crossbody onto The Usos. Metallic delivered a Cannonball Senton from the Chamber pod onto The New Day. Miz and Morrison came out next as they delivered a Snap DDT to Jey but Jimmy broke the count. Metallic leaped off the Chamber pod and delivered a Flying Hurricanrana to Morrison but Miz broke the count. The crowd chanted “This is Awesome” as Big E and Kofi delivered a foot stomp/Powerbomb to Miz but Morrison made the save. Heavy Machinery came out next as Otis delivered The Caterpillar to Big E for a two count. There was a crazy spot as Dorado swung off the top of the Chamber and delivered a Shooting Star Press onto everyone as the crowd chanted “Holy Sh*t.” Otis and Tucker delivered the Trash Compactor to Metallic as Lucha House Party were eliminated.

ELIMINATED: LUCHA HOUSE PARTY

Roode and Ziggler came out last. Tucker leaped off the Chamber pod and delivered a Cannonball Senton to everyone. There was a crazy spot as Ziggler moved as Otis went crashing through the Chamber pod and tumbled to the floor. Ziggler nailed Tucker with a Superkick as Roode followed with a Glorious DDT eliminating Heavy Machinery.

ELIMINATED: HEAVY MACHINERY 

Kofi nailed Ziggler with the Trouble in Paradise. Big E planted Roode with the Big Ending. Jey and Jimmy leaped off the Chamber pod and delivered stereo Uso Splashes to Roode and Ziggler as they were eliminated

ELIMINATED: DOLPH ZIGGLER & ROBERT ROODE 

Jimmy moved as Kofi went for a crossbody off the Chamber pod. Miz and Morrison pinned Kofi as New Day were eliminated.

ELIMINATED: THE NEW DAY

The Usos welcomed Morrison to the Superkick Party for a two count. Miz delivered a Skull Crushing Finale but Jimmy kicked out. Miz placed Jimmy in the Figure-4-Leg Lock as Morrison connected with the Starship Pain but Jey broke the count. The finish came when Miz and Morrison applied a double rollup and pinned Jimmy.

WINNERS: THE MIZ & JOHN MORRISON RETAINED THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES (***3/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The early portion dragged and had it’s fare share of miss-timed spots. Too be fair, this was a very enjoyable match as there were lots of creative and unique spots as everyone worked very hard.) 

WWE Women Tag Team Champions Asuka and Kairi Sane were shown backstage

Charly Caruso interviewed Natalya backstage. Natalya spoke about Beth Phoenix toughness and said Edge will make Randy Orton pay

NO DQ MATCH: A.J. STYLES (w/Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. ALEISTER BLACK 

Styles took control early as he delivered a chop block to Black after a distraction from Anderson. Styles attacked Black with a Kendo Stick. Styles went for a Slingshot Phenomenal Forearm but Black caught him with a knee strike. The crowd popped as Black grabbed a table. Styles attacked Black with a chair. Styles applied a Calf Crusher but Black broke free by pulling at him with a Kendo Stick. Black attacked Styles with a Kendo Stick. Styles caught Black with a Pele Kick. Styles delivered a Slingshot Phenomenal Forearm and a Brainbuster for a pair of two counts. Styles went to climb the turnbuckle but Black stopped with a V-Trigger. Black went for a Quebrada but Styles caught him. There was a great spot as Styles did Undertaker’s mannerism, called for a Tombstone but was stopped. The action moved to the floor as Black leaped off the announcers table as he connected with a Meteora as Styles went crashing through a table. Black called for Black Mass but The OC stopped him. Anderson and Gallows delivered the Magic Killer to Black. Styles called for the Phenomenal Forearm but The Undertaker’s dong sounded as the crowd popped huge. The lights turned on as Undertaker grabbed Anderson and Gallows. Styles went for a Phenomenal Forearm but Undertaker caught him and delivered a Chokeslam. The lights turned off and turned back on as Undertaker left the ring. Black delivered Black Mass to Styles for the 1,2,3.

WINNER: ALEISTER BLACK (***1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The match dragged at points and went too long. I also didn’t like how The OC just stood at ringside and just watched for most part in a No DQ match. Having said that, I liked the match as the storytelling was good as both Black and Styles worked hard. The finish was good as they made Black look strong while setting up Styles vs. Undertaker for WrestleMania.) 

RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: STREET PROFIT (ANGELO DAWKINS & MONTEZ FORD) vs. SETH ROLLINS & MURPHY (w/AOP) 

Ford delivered a Tope Con Hilo onto Murphy and Rollins on the floor. Rollins had the referee distracted as AOP rammed Ford into the barricade. Viking Raiders came out and brawled with AOP to the back. Murphy delivered a sliding Meteora but Ford kicked out. Ford delivered an assisted Sliced Bread to Rollins for a two count. Ford went for a Frog Splash but Rollins got his knees up. Rollins applied an inside package but Ford kicked out. Murphy and Rollins delivered a Buckle Bomb/Enzuigiri combo to Ford. Rollins went for a tope but Dawkins caught him and delivered a T-Bone Suplex on the floor. There was a Tower of Doom spot as Rollins delivered a Double Powerbomb to Street Profit who delivered a Superplex to Murphy.  The crowd popped as Kevin Owens was shown in the crowd with popcorn in hand. Owens threw popcorn into Rollins face. Dawkins delivered a Pounce as Rollins was sent crashing into the barricade. Dawkins delivered a Sit-Out Powerbomb to Murphy as Ford followed with a Frog Splash for the 1,2,3.

WINNERS: ANGELO DAWKINS & MONTEZ FORD RETAINED THE RAW TAG TEAM TITLES (**1/2)

Owens delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to Rollins after the match. Owens poured some popcorn onto Murphy and then headed to the back

(Amin’s Analysis: I will be fair and say everyone worked hard as these are four talented wrestlers. However, this was just a basic tag team match which you can see on Raw. This went 10-minutes too long as the crowd was quiet as this match underdelivered for a PPV.) 

Backstage, Sami Zayn was with Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro. Zayn told Kayla Braxton that he will face Braun Strowman and bring him the IC Title where it belongs. 

3-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH FOR THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: BRAUN STROWMAN vs. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA, SAMI ZAYN & CEASRO 

Strowman took control early on but was stopped as he paid his attention to Zayn. Nakamura delivered a sliding boot to Strowman as Cesaro followed with a running uppercut in the corner. Nakamura sent out some “Bad Vibrations.” The crowd popped as Strowman made a comeback by delivering his signature Merry-Go-Round tackles to Cesaro and Nakamura on the floor. Strowman went after Zayn who crawled underneath the ring. Nakamura delivered a Bomb Ye but Strowman kicked out. With the referee distracted, Nakamura delivered a Kinshasa to Strowman against the ring post. Cesaro, Nakamura and Zayn delivered a Double Suplex/Helluva Kick combo. Zayn covered Strowman as the referee counted 1,2,3.

WINNER: SAMI ZAYN WON THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE (**)

(Amin’s Analysis: The match itself was not much but story was good with the three heels overcoming Strowman to win the IC Title. Would’ve like to see Zayn capture his first WWE Title in a single’s match but was nice to see him win. I could see Strowman vs. Zayn for the IC Title at WrestleMania.)

NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE: ASUKA vs. SHAYNA BASZLER vs. NATALYA vs. RUBY RIOTT vs. LIV MORGAN vs. SARAH LOGAN 

Natalya and Ruby started the match. Natalya placed Ruby in the Sharpshooter on the Chamber floor. Ruby broke free by sending Natalya into the Chamber pod. Ruby climbed the chain and delivered a back senton to Natalya for a two count. Sarah entered next as she delivered a Woo Dropkick sending Natalya into the Chamber pod. Sarah chased Ruby up the Chamber pod. Natalya delivered a Running Powerbomb to Ruby on the Chamber padding. Sarah delivered a flying crossbody to Natalya and Ruby from the Chamber pod. There was a Tower of Doom spot as Natalya delivered a Powerbomb to Sarah who delivered a Superplex to Ruby. Shayna Baszler entered next as she nailed Sarah with a knee strike. Baszler applied the Kirifuta Clutch as Sarah tapped

ELIMINATED: SARAH LOGAN 

Baszler slammed Ruby to the mat and then nailed her with a knee strike. Baszler applied the Kirifuta Clutch as Ruby tapped

ELIMINATED: RUBY RIOTT 

Baszler rammed the Chamber door against Natalya’s shoulder. Baszler applied the Kirifuta Clutch as Natalya passed out

ELIMINATED: NATALYA

Asuka and Baszler had a confrontation. Liv Morgan entered next. Baszler swung Liv into the Chamber chain. Baszler then swung Liv into the Chamber pod. This looked rough. Baszler placed Liv in the Kirifuta Clutch against the ropes as she tapped

ELIMINATED: LIV MORGAN 

There was a light chant of “NXT” as Asuka delivered a hip attack to Baszler and followed with quick strikes. Asuka delivered a Hook Kick, and then applied the Asuka Lock but Baszler broke free by rolling underneath the ropes. Baszler took control as she worked over Asuka’s injured wrist. Baszler delivered a modified Storm Breaker and then connected with a knee strike. Baszler applied the Kirifuta Cluch as Asuka passed out.

WINNER: SHAYNA BASZLER (**1/2)

(Amin’s AnalysisThe early portion dragged as it was just a spot-fest for everyone to get a chance to shine. This match was a complete showcase for Baszler to position her a dominant challenger for Becky Lynch who is WWE’s biggest star and positioned as the top champion. The question is will this booking work and build hype for the WrestleMania match. The short-term booking this was good. The long-term post WrestleMania we have to wait and see. The highlight of the match was Asuka as her facial expressions were awesome as she showed just how great a wrestler she is. This was also disappointing as this is how Asuka should’ve been showcase when she was called up from NXT as she’s more talented and a much better in-ring wrestler than Baszler. I’m saying as someone who likes Baszler’s craft and wrestling style which lots of fans aren’t.) 

[OVERALL THOUGHTSThe PPV had some good wrestling matches. The main goal was to set up some big WrestleMania matches which it did effectively. Overall, WWE Elimination Chamber was a solid show but more of a placeholder show before WrestleMania that went too long.

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